UFC Fight Night 80 Results: Winners, Scorecards from VanZant vs. Namajunas Card

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 11, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 10:  (R) Rose Namajunas punches Paige VanZant in their women's strawweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on December 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

No one can say Paige VanZant isn't tough, but the 21-year-old took a crazy beating from Rose Namajunas en route to a fifth-round submission defeat. The two women put on an excellent show in the main event at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas.

Namajunas was flat-out better in every aspect of the sport. Per UFC.com, Namajunas landed 57 significant strikes to just 10 for VanZant. While she was able to do some damage on her feet, the real dominance was shown on the ground.

Namajunas landed eight takedowns and spent 16:33 in top control. On several occasions, it looked as if she would submit VanZant. However, the latter proved herself to be more than a pretty face.

She fought off two rear-naked choke attempts and a couple of armbars that looked to be secure. Still, the battered and bloodied VanZant made it into the fifth round.

Finally, Namajunas was able to finish VanZant when she took her back once again in the final round. After the fight, Namajunas was more interested in talking about her dog than anything else.

Ariel Helwani of Fox Sports has the quote:

MMAJunkie.com's Brent Brookhouse accurately summed up the fallout from this exciting bout:

Namajunas looks ready to challenge UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, though it's unclear if she'll be able to take the champion down with the same regularity that she planted VanZant on her back. 

VanZant obviously has some things to work on. She has heart, but her technique was sloppy all night, and she was lost when she couldn't bully Namajunas on the cage.

 

Chiesa with Style

December 10, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Michael Chiesa  applies a choke hold to win by submission against Jim Miller during UFC Fight Night at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In a battle of two of the UFC's best submission fighters, Michael Chiesa proved to be superior to Jim Miller. Chiesa dazed the veteran with strikes from top position before transitioning to a rear-naked choke to secure the victory.

Per UFC.com, Chiesa landed 13 significant strikes to Miller's seven. Because both men came in with such celebrated grappling skills, one might have thought the fight would be decided in the stand-up.

The ground games didn't cancel each other out, as Chiesa proved to be the superior fighter on the mat. When the fight was over, per the UFC Fight Pass broadcast, Chiesa called out anyone in the Top 15, but he specifically named Beneil Dariush.

UFC announcer Brian Stann said: "Sign me up for that one."

Many MMA fans would echo Stann's sentiments as both Chiesa and Dariush have proven to be among the best young fighters in the promotion. 

Here's a look at all of the results from Vegas.

 

UFC Fight Night 80: VanZant vs. Namajunas Card Results
Fight Pass Prelims  
MatchupWeight ClassResults
Kailin Curran vs. Emily KaganStrawweightCurran by submission (rear-naked choke, second round)
Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Phillipe NoverFeatherweightTukhugov by split decision (30-27x2, 28-29)
Danny Roberts vs. Nathan CoyWelterweightRoberts by technical submission (triangle choke, first round)
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas StahlWelterweightPonzinibbio by TKO (first round)
Aljamain Sterling vs. Johnny EduardoBantamweightSterling by submission (guillotine, second round)
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Kevin CaseyMiddleweightNo-Contest (accidental eye poke)
Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio MoraesWelterweightMoraes by TKO (third round)
Tim Means vs. John HowardWelterweightMeans by KO (second round)
Fight Pass Main Card  
MatchupWeight ClassResults
Elias Theodorou vs. Thiago SantosMiddleweightSantos by unanimous decision (29-27x2, 29-28)
Sage Northcutt vs. Cody PfisterLightweightNorthcutt by submission (guillotine, second round)
Jim Miller vs. Michael ChiesaLightweightChiesa by submission (rear-naked choke, second round)
Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZantStrawweightNamajunas by submission (rear-naked choke, fifth round)

 

Other Highlights

Curran Grabs First UFC Win

December 10, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kailin Curran reacts to her victory against Emily Kagan during UFC Fight Night at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After two near-misses against VanZant and Alex Chambers, Kailin Curran earned her first UFC win with a submission victory over Emily Kagan. Curran had to overcome Kagan's smothering style, but in the second round she took her opponent's back and wouldn't let go of the choke.

After the win, Curran was moved to tears almost immediately, and Sherdog.com loved it:

 

Hot Chocolate Burns

December 10, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Danny Roberts applies a choke hold against Nathan Coy during UFC Fight Night at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Danny "Hot Chocolate" Roberts made a smashing UFC debut. He used Nathan Coy's overzealous striking from the top position against him. The poised Brit maneuvered into position for the triangle choke and put his opponent to sleep in an impressive performance.

The UFC tweeted this congratulatory message to the victor:

 

Ponzinibbio Smashes Stahl

December 10, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Santiago Ponzinibbio throws a punch against Andreas Stahl during UFC Fight Night at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Andreas Stahl secured two first-round takedowns, per UFC.com, but Santiago Ponzinibbio landed a huge right hand that put an end to his night.

Fox Sports: UFC tweeted acknowledgement of Ponzinibbio's KO victory:

The win was a great bounce-back performance for Ponzinibbio after losing by TKO to Lorenz Larkin in June.

 

Sterling Shines in Win over Eduardo

December 10, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Aljamain Sterling celebrates his victory by chokehold submission against Johnny Eduardo during UFC Fight Night at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In case you didn't know, Aljamain Sterling is a rising star in mixed martial arts. Per Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole, the 26-year-old bantamweight wasn't sure what to call himself after he choked out Johnny Eduardo in the second round on Thursday:

With the possibility of Sterling hitting the free-agent market looming, MMAFighting.com clearly believes the UFC should re-sign Sterling:

 

Moraes Ices Akhmedov

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 10:  (R) Sergio Moraes punches Omari Akhmedov in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on December 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

In a fight he was clearly losing through two-plus rounds, Sergio Moraes landed a titanic right hand on Omari Akhmedov's chin. The Russian crumpled against the cage, and Moraes blitzed him with a barrage of punches.

The referee would jump in to stop the assault. As Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting pointed out, this is Moraes' second big finishing win over a major opponent. 

The 34-year-old Brazilian might be one to watch in the future.

 

Means Smashes Howard with Filthy Left Hook

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 10:  (Top) Tim Means knocks out John Howard in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on December 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa L
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Tim "Dirty Bird" Means is one of the welterweight division's best strikers. He proved that with a devastating left hook that knocked John Howard out cold. How sure was Means that he had tranquilized Howard with the punch?

Check out this quote from Means via MMA Fighting's Shaheen Al-Shatti's tweet:

Means fell short in his last fight against Matt Brown. Per the UFC Fight Pass broadcast, Means called Brown out in an effort to avenge one of his past losses.

He'll be tough out no matter who he faces.

 

Santos Shocks Theodorou

December 10, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Thiago Santos moves in with a punch against Elias Theodorou during UFC Fight Night at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In one of the best fights of the night, the underrated Thiago Santos came up with the biggest win of his career. He handed Elias Theodorou the first loss of his professional career.

Per Odds Shark, Theodorou was the favorite, but it was an upset called here. Santos' outstruck Theodorou 52-28, and he showed excellent takedown defense. He made Theodorou pay in the clinch whenever he tried to control him with grappling.

Hard knees to the head and midsection were the biggest scoring strikes. Jiu-jitsu artist Steve Grossi tweeted this image of the battered Theodorou. 

Santos deserves a shot at a Top 10 opponent after this win, and Theodorou should get credit for his toughness. He took a beating in the third round and could have folded, but he didn't.

 

Northcutt Submits Pfister

December 10, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sage Northcutt celebrates his victory by submission against Cody Pfister during UFC Fight Night at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Sage Northcutt continues to impress. The 19-year-old sensation had little issues with Cody Pfister en route to a second-round submission win. 

After the bout, things got weird. Northcutt thanked Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta, per the UFC Fight Pass broadcast. He also seemingly cut a promo for UFC Fight Pass and then asked fans to google the Bible verse John 3:16. It felt rehearsed and forced. Here's a look at the interview:

Marg Bar-ritaville had a colorful assessment of Northcutt's demeanor:

As awkward as he can be, there's no doubting his talent. He's a great athlete who has two UFC wins under his belt before his 20th birthday.


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